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Comment Re:This all seems very familiar.... (Score 1) 864

I think that people are missing the point in that the advantage of openness appeals mainly to developers, not end users. The overhead of coming up with something innovative is reduced when developers have something like Linux or Android and thus the users ultimately benefit from new and interesting available products. Android's own origin owes to this process, and then there are things like Amazon's Kindle, Barnes & Noble's Nook (which runs Android even), a ton of other embedded devices, and more appearing all the time. So, developers get a pretty big leg up, but pretty much everyone wins in the end.

Comment Re:Meh. Dwarf Fortress did it first. (Score 1) 151

I wouldn't say that the features were created for making complex logic circuits, it just happens to be possible. Mostly they are for doing things like opening and closing doors, which is of a lot more practical use than an enormous logic machine.

If you want complex logic in the game, there are versions of the Minecraft server which include script interpreters (Python, et al).

Comment Re:How about just universal chip&pin? (Score 1) 239

Speaking of genius banks, I called mine up and gave them travel plans for the first time before my yearly trip to Europe. Somehow this was also the first year they decided to cut my card off while I was in Europe. And yes, they called my landline also. You would think they could send a damn e-mail too at least..

Comment Re:False (Score 1) 366

I'm in the same boat. I bought my Nexus One outright and already had a good T-Mobile plan ($60/m with unlimited data) that I had gotten with a previous phone. If you sign up with a subsidized phone or locked phone T-Mobile will only give you a "smart phone" data plan, which is $25 as opposed to the $5 that I am paying now.

The Nexus One (and other similar devices) have really become more than mobile phones though. I would like to have the freedom to choose the carrier of my data like I choose my ISP for my home computer. In fact, next week I will be popping in a European SIM while I am traveling over there and I also plan in the future to experiment with prepaid and use SIP for voice. Considering I spend most of my time in places with WiFi access, I really don't need the mobile carrier too often.

Comment Re:Philosophy is fundamental (Score 1) 515

Indeed people would benefit from contemplating life's mysteries from an objective viewpoint more often and indeed those formal disciplines fit quite well with philosophy. To realize the truth in this, you only have to look at the major contributions made to many fields (including philosophy) by great persons such as Descartes, Newton, Pascal, da Vinci, etc. and then perhaps lament why such 'Renaissance men' seem to no longer exist today.

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